After going to Epcot this past Sunday in 95+ degree heat, I thought I’d share some helpful summer tips for Walt Disney World that might make the trip a bit easier to handle.

First of all, freeze water bottles and juice packs. This is the most important thing to remember in my family, because both The Younger and The Older get overheated quickly. Not only are these great to have on hand all day long, but they help by acting as ice packs if you take food along! It’s also a good idea to get a spray bottle with fan attached and fill it half with water and half with ice. It makes the spray nice and cold, and as the ice melts, it keeps it cold (and, as an aside, all counter-service restaurants give free ice water if requested, so you can keep refilling your water bottles and fans).  Another good idea is to freeze wet washcloths and put them in zippered baggies so you can wet your face/neck during the day. It’s also helpful if you plan your day with the majority of outside activities in the early morning or evening and get your fast passes for rides like Soarin’ during the extreme heat of the day. This is also a good time to plan for the indoor rides/movies, and if you’re eating lunch at the park, plan on having your meal a bit later in the afternoon. We had our meal at 2:30, and it was great! We were one of 3 families in the restaurant, and we were able to cool down and missed the afternoon rain shower that happens almost every day in Florida :-) Don’t forget the kid’s bathing suits either- mine had a terrific time in the little water area, and we had to pry them out of there for lunch!

Sunday was the last day they had the Brave exhibition, so that’s truly why we went. It was hot, like I said, so I had to switch our plans up a bit. We got there late because we decided at 9am to go, and we didn’t arrive until about 11:30. It was HOT, but we decided to brave the Brave (haha) exhibit. It was small but well done, and the kids enjoyed it without becoming overwhelmed. The Younger was really hot by the time the ‘tournament’ was complete, so we headed off to the splash pad, and the timing was perfect!

It was about 12:30 by the time we got to the splash pad, and we were the only ones there! I can only imagine that people were eating (which had been my hope), so we had the pad to ourselves for the hour the kids wanted to play.

We had to literally pull them out of here, and it ended up being nice because their clothes were damp, and that kept them cool for the walk over to where we had lunch reservations. As I said, we ended up being one of only 3 families, so we got seated right away, and the kids got a lot of attention!

When we were done eating and watching the rainstorm that passed through, it was time to sign up for the Phineas and Ferb Secret Agent game! It was so fun, but we only got through 2 countries before we called it quits for the day and just wandered around the rest of the park. I can’t wait to go back and do some more, because they really did make some changes to the discoveries around the park. I loved it!

We still didn’t make it to Illuminations , but that’s my goal by the end of the year! We’re usually so tired and happy by the time it rolls around, we just want to head home…

If you have any tips for keeping cool while out of this house this summer, please share them. I’d love to hear every one!

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14 Responses to Walt Disney World In The Summer – Epcot

  1. July 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    My husband and I are coming up on our 15th wedding anniversary and I our honeymoon was at Disney World. Our weather was exactly like that. We would go back to the room and take a nap ;-) . Anyway back to tips – have you heard of the chilly sports towel? You just have to wet them and they are cool around your neck. They are pricey but should last awhile. I imagine they would come in handy for occasions such as them. I used to freeze washcloths and put them in a freezer bag. They last a good while too.

    • July 23, 2012 at 9:10 am

      I totally agree! If you’re staying on-site, taking a nap or swimming in the resort pools in the afternoon is a great way to beat the heat and recharge.

  2. July 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Very sound advice! Also don’t forget the rain ponchos!

    • July 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Especially if you hit Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom ;-)

  3. Rosey
    July 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, it is sooooooo hot there in the summer. My best advice is to stay hydrated (fill up those water bottles at every opportunity) and make sure the kids are fed meals on time (so they don’t get cranky, or get headaches and such). Also, don’t forget sunscreen, and the obvious things, like dressing light; resting in the cool when needed, etc. It sounds like you broke your day up just right to avoid being overheated. I’m glad you had fun. The changes in the park sound great.

    • July 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

      We always freeze the water bottles and Capri Sun waters the night before, and it makes it easy to stay hydrated. The kids love the slushies, LOL!

  4. July 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

    sounds like a wonderful trip–very BRAVE of you to go in the summer!! Living in Buffalo its always a fall or late winter trip for us to escape the cold =) The frozen wash cloths is a SUPER ideal!!!!!!

    • July 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Yes! I grew up in Massachusetts, so I loved visiting Orlando in the winter.

      I learned about the frozen washcloths my last weekend, and even better are bandanas (they don’t tend to get so heavy and are easy to rinse out in the sinks).

  5. July 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Love the pictures, looks like a lot of fun :D

    • July 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      It really was fun. It was even better than I though it was going to be :-)

  6. August 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Great post and photos! I am from NH & my family is heading to WDW in a couple weeks, I can’t wait. I like the tip about the fans with cold water, that will be very helpful. :)

    • August 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

      You’re going to have a great time! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’ll do my best to help :-)